A World Series Embrace Was Only One Stop on a Shared Journey

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As Brian McCann squatted behind home plate in November at Dodger Stadium, waiting for Corey Seager to get set in the batter’s box, he looked out at pitcher Charlie Morton and had a moment.

They were about to clinch the Houston Astros’ first World Series title, but McCann was not thinking about the here and now. He was thinking back some 16 years earlier, when he and Morton met for the first time — as sinewy, fresh-faced teenagers who had traveled across the country to play in a showcase tournament.

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